Here I am one month into my new life in New Zealand.
Exactly 30 days ago I flew out to Auckland New Zealand to start my new life. The last month has been an absolute whirlwind and I couldn’t be more grateful. So far, I have accomplished almost everything I set out to accomplish flying out 2 months earlier than the rest of my family. I have helped my dad adjust to the new house and have started to decorate my room. Along with getting settled into our house, I have gotten to go out and explore my new area. So far my favorite place is at the top of Mt.Eden. I hiked up to the top (a simple 2 km hike) on my second day here and absolutely fell in love with the place. On top of Mt. Eden on a clear day, you can see Auckland city as well as my house and nearby suburbs. On a gorgeous day, I can sit up there for about an hour and just stare out at my new home. Below are videos from the top of Mt.Eden
Another one of my favorite spots is Mt. Eden village, which is literally right up the road from my house. The village has a ton of restaurants; including my new favorite burger place, Corner burger, and a French bakery.
I also have made some great friends. Including my next door neighbors who have been so so kind to me since I arrived. They have 2 daughters who have made moving to a new country 10 times easier then it would have been so thank you so much to them. The younger of the two daughters has become a good friend of mine and we hang out quite a bit. I won’t be revealing my friend’s name or her face, because I haven’t asked her permission to post about her.
You might have noticed my sweater in the above pic. That sweatshirt is representing my new school, Epsom Girls Grammar. After 3 weeks of a lot of admission paperwork, tests, and meetings; I am officially an Epsom grammar girl. The school is walking distance from my house and I’m so excited to attend. Aside from their amazing drama and food technology program, they have a cheerleading team (I did cheer back in the states).
As for job wise, I haven’t found a part-time job that I was hoping to find yet… but I’m still looking. For the time being I’m babysitting on the weekends and love the kids I watch. But I do hope to find either a permanent babysitting job or part-time job do something I really like.
Another thing I briefly wanted to talk about was Thanksgiving, which is of course not celebrated here. Thankfully we found another American family to celebrate with.
Finally, in the month I’ve been here we’ve had to trips from our new home base. My dad and I had a quick weekend trip down to Wellington. Unfortunately, Wellington being Wellington though it was pouring and we rarely left the hotel.
Our other trip was to Waiheke Island. Our neighbors invited us to spend a weekend up there and I forgot how much I loved it there. We hiked, swam, and paddleboarded. BEST WEEKEND EVER.
Now that I’ve reached a month here I have exactly one week till I’m back in the states for the holidays.
Thank you to all my readers for being so patient as I adjust to my new life. As always thanks for reading and till next time safe travels
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